What are Temporary Anchorage Devices? (TADS)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADS, are mini-screws that orthodontists place in the mouth to help direct tooth movement. They are useful for situations where the orthodontist wants to move some teeth but keep others in their prior positions.
TADS are made of a biocompatible titanium alloy. Orthodontists can use them on their own or combined with braces.
Benefits of Temporary Anchorage Devices
Here are several benefits of Temporary Anchorage Devices:
Alternative to Headgear
In the past, orthodontists used headgear or face masks to facilitate this tooth movement. TADS are far less difficult for patients and doctors alike. Some patients still need headgear to correct severe bite problems, but orthodontists can resolve many cases using TADS.
Orthodontics can take TADS out when not needed.
Facilitate Faster Orthodontic Treatment
With TADS, orthodontic treatment is quicker and more accurate. The orthodontist places them strategically to achieve the best possible tooth movement.
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Embrace Orthodontics is a boutique practice where patients' needs come first. We are a family-friendly practice treating patients of all ages. We use updated technology and materials to provide optimal orthodontic treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About TADS
What is the process of placing TADS?
The orthodontist places TADS under strong local anesthesia. The TAD goes into the gum tissue into the jawbone. The process is quick and may cause a slight feeling of pressure.
Do TADS hurt?
There may be some discomfort at first when the orthodontist places the TADS. If the discomfort persists for more than a few days, call the orthodontist as soon as possible. Orthodontists recommend over-the-counter pain relievers.
What do TADS look like?
They are tiny titanium screws, only about 1.5 to 2 millimeters in diameter.
How long will I need TADS?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your orthodontic issues. In most cases, the orthodontist leaves TADS in for a few months.
Are there possible complications with TADS?
TADS do not damage the gums, teeth, or mouth tissues. They may cause slight irritation, which you can treat with a small dab of orthodontic wax. If discomfort persists, call the orthodontist.
How do I care for my TADS?
Brush and floss as directed. Use an antibacterial mouthwash for at least the first five days after placement. Do not use an electric toothbrush while you have TADS.